Brandon Adams Brandon Adams is the author of Broke: A Poker Novel and the coauthor (with Brian Finn) of The Story of Behavioral Finance. He's a regular in high-stakes cash games. He made the final table of the 2005 Tournament of Champions and the 2006 $10k Circuit Event in Tunica.
Brandon is a doctoral student at Harvard. He teaches a popular course in behavioral finance to Harvard undergraduates. He's a regular columnist for Bluff Magazine.
Bob Bright Bob Bright earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and then spent several years as an executive for Johns-Manville Corporation. In 1974 he quit his job, packed up family, and moved to Las Vegas. His dream was to become a Professional Blackjack Card Counter. In the next 3-4 years he earned significant amounts from the casinos which resulted in him being “barred” from many venues. He then joined the Pacific Stock Exchange and began trading computer modeled option strategies (many of which he designed himself from his blackjack math models).
Today, Bob is a well respected man of the finance world. He owns a very profitable trading company and employs several well known poker pros. He considers himself a student of the game of poker and loves to play against the best players in the world.
Chad Brown Chad Brown began his poker career at the age of 15, playing in Italian cafes in the Bronx, New York. In 1990, he moved to L.A. with dreams of becoming an actor. Fully prepared to find employment as a bartender or waiter, Chad was pleased to discover the various legal poker rooms in southern California. He was quickly making a very comfortable living playing cash games and discovering a knack for tournaments. His various poker successes to lead him down an unexpected path to fame and fortune.
Chad has proven himself a top player among poker professionals. His cashes in tournaments alone exceed $1.6 million. In 2002 he won the Bellagio Five-Diamond World Poker Classic stud eight-or-better event. In 2004 he won the L.A. Poker Classic stud tournament, and later that year placed second in the World Series of Poker seven-card stud event.
Doyle Brunson Doyle Brunson is quite possily the greatest poker player in the world. His books "Super System," and “Super Systems II” are cited as the poker 101 handbook. Doyle was born in Longworth, Texas. He played basketball, baseball, and ran track in high school. The NBA’s (then Minneapolis) Lakers showed great interest in Doyle until he snapped his knee in two places.
In order to keep his competitive nature satisfied, Doyle began to play poker. His contributions in the poker community are staggering and some claim that if it wasn’t for his dedication, the WSOP would not have made it through its early days. Check out his website at www.Doylesroom.net
Todd Brunson Todd Brunson is the son of poker legend Doyle Brunson. After spending three years studying law at Texas Tech, Todd announced to his family that he was dropping out to become a poker player. At 21 Todd won his first big tournament, proving that he had the skills to play on a professional level. He won his first WSOP bracelet in 2005
Todd's dominance in stud eight-or-better led his legendary father to select him to write that section of his book Super System II. He lives in Las Vegas, NV with his wife
Roland de Wolfe Roland de Wolfe has only been playing poker for three years. Before he played, he followed many poker tournaments a journalist for a British gambling magazine, “Inside Edge”. After winning first prize in the Gutshot Poker Festival, he went on to make a money finish in the $1,000 No Limit event of the 2005 World Series of Poker. In the summer of 2005 when he claimed the World Poker Tour Grand Prix de Paris title he knew he could be a professional.
In April of 2006 Roland finished third out of 605 runners in at the WPT $25,000 Championship event at the Bellagio. To date, his career earnings from live tournaments have accumulated to about $1,800,000.
Matt Gianetti Matt Gianetti dropped out of UT where he was studying electrical engineering to play professional poker. Gianetti first started playing poker in January of 2004 after reading many books and studying the odds and strategies of playing poker.
Matt takes his career very seriously, playing up to 70 hours each week either online or live in Las Vegas casinos.
Clonie Gowan Clonie was born Cycalona Gowan , an unusual name inspired because she was born during a tropical storm. She was raised in Oklahoma and it was there that she won the Miss Teen McAlester Crown at 15. Clonie worked as a travel agent until she found she was making more money at the poker tables. In 2002 she finished 10th at the WPT Costa Rica event. In 2003 she won the WPT Women’s Tournament. Clonie plays a lot of online poker, and is very involved with Full Tilt poker.
Clonie is very active in the poker world. She teaches basic tournament strategy, writes a regular Q&A; column in Bluff Magazine and is a member of the board of directors of the United States Poker Association. She is also writing a book “Good Girls Do Make The Final Table”.
Barry Greenstein Barry Greenstein Bio: Barry Greenstein is one of the best professional poker players in the world. He learned to play at home from his father and has been a student of the game for most of his life. Barry exhibits a quiet, unassuming persona and playes a very methodical game. He is among the most respected players in professional circles.
Barry has won two $1 million plus tournaments in less than a year, and donates every penny of his tournament winnings to various children’s charities. Barry also contributed to Doyle Brunson's book "Super System 2"
Stuart Hosen Stuart won his entry from www.doylesroom.com
Mike Matusow Mike Matusow was born in Los Angeles, CA. Competitive by nature, Mike was always seen building race cars, shooting pool, and bowling. He spent a period of time working as a poker dealer. He used the opportunity to analyz the hands that he dealt. When he felt confident enough in his skills, he entered a small tournament and won. Matusow then entered more small tournaments and found his bankroll growing.
Mike is now considered to be one of the best and loudest professional poker players in this generation. TV crews usually gravitate to Matusow as his larger than life personality is always entertaining to watch.
Nenad Medic Nenad Medic originally from Niagra Falls ONT, Nenad is a professional poker player with some impressive tournament wins under his belt including the 2006 World Poker Finals.
Terry Myers No Bio Information Available
Bruce Parker Bruce Parker – professional golf salesman turn and high stakes poker player. Bruce loves to battle against the big poker professionals and take their money.
Max Pescatori Max Pescatori is a young professional player. Max came to America in 1994 from his birthplace, Milan, Italy. He saw professional poker rooms and began playing seven-card stud. Max won his first tournament in 2003. In 2004 he made eight final tables in our Ultimate Poker Challenge.
Max plays poker everyday, either online or at the casinos in Las Vegas. Check out his web page: http://www.maxpescatori.com/
Danny Pugliese Danny Pugliese was born in Brooklyn NY. He has been playing poker since his teens. Now a resident of NoHo, Danny spends time at the tables in Los Angeles’ Commerce Casino and playing in Las Vegas tournaments.
Alex Roberts No Bio Information Available
Vanessa Rousso In 2001, Vanessa graduated Valedictorian of her high school in Wellington, Florida, She accepted a scholarship to attend Duke University and graduated with honors after only two and a half years. She earned a bachelors degree with a major in economics and a minor in political science. While at Duke, her studies in economics focused heavily on game theory, to which she attributes much of her poker playing success.
In one year of play on the WSOP and WPT circuits, Vanessa has risen through the ranks to become one of the top-five ranked women this year and one of the top-twenty female money earners of all time. She has made four final tables on the circuits, and at twenty-two she became the youngest woman to final table in a WSOP circuit event.
Gabriel Thaler Gabriel Thaler is a professional poker player. Originally from California’s beautiful coastal city of Carmel, Gabriel now lives in Las Vegas. He has made one final table at the WSOP and has finished in the money at the WSOP six times.
Kenny Tran Kenny is a professional poker player, well respected in the cash game circuit. He usually plays in Los Angeles at Commerce.
Cyndy Violette Cyndy Violette was born in Queens, New York, and moved to Las Vegas with her family when she was 12 years old. As a child, she was introduced by her uncle to kitchen-table poker. She began her career as a lot of players do; working as a dealer. In 1984 she took her bankroll and entered a stud tournament. She took the title, winning a huge payout.
In 2004 Cyndy achieved one of her dreams, winning the 7 card stud high-low tournament of the World Series of Poker. In the 2005 World Series of Poker Tournament she made three final tables, and six cashes total.
Thomas Wahlroos Thomas Wahlroos from Finland – professional poker player who has won over $500,000 in tournament cashes alone
Robert Williamson III Robert Williamson III is known on the tournament circuit as "Mr. Omaha". The Texas-born player learned how to play poker at a young age watching his father's home games. He got a B.B.A. degree in finance from Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas, and a B.B.A. in real estate. He has made a living as a restaurant owner, real estate developer, and a consultant.
Robert won one World Series of Poker bracelet in Pot-Limit Omaha and finished 7th in the Texas Hold’em WSOP event in San Diego.